Stay The Night: Chalet Treize Etoiles, Verbier
Sunday 01 March 2009
Verbier is both a top-quality resort and undisputed fun capital of the Alps, and those who want to join James Blunt, Ronan Keating and Lawrence Dallaglio in the Coco Club after midnight should consider Ski Verbier's new Treize Etoiles complex. Of the matched pair of chalet apartments, the top one has an open roof space that gives it an airy penthouse feel. The flagship in Ski Verbier's 20-chalet portfolio is Septième Ciel, up the mountain – an elevated palace in which the tour highlight is the double bed shared by the Beckhams. But Treize Etoiles offers similar comfort in a more party-friendly location.
Treize Etoiles has four double bedrooms, three of them en suite, and a bunk room for up to four children. The rest of the chalet is open plan, with log fire, and the emphasis is on natural materials. The den has plasma TV with Sky Sports, and guests can sink into sheepskin loungers on the sunny terrace or wallow in the hot tub – perfect for après-ski champagne with a view of goings on in the street.
THE FOOD AND DRINK
Young chef Mark Austin and his partner, Kirsty, provide a warm welcome and quality service. Kirsty's teatime cakes and currant scones with cream and jam are alarmingly irresistible. Champagne and other drinks are offered before dinner, with canapés. But take care, as Mark often goes through the four-course barrier to serve extra delicious dishes just for the hell of it. Good wine is served, vintages are available as required.
Treize Etoiles shares a spa – a chic black-and-white pebble concept incorporating a hammam and a sauna – with its sister chalet apartment. Verbier Touch can be booked for massages. Ski Verbier offers tuition packages with guru Warren Smith (warrensmith-skiacademy.com), who trains the stars.
Children welcome. Easy access by lift, no steps but no wheelchair showers.
Chalet Treize Etoiles sleeps 10 – from £8,650 per week to include breakfast, afternoon tea, drinks with canapés and four-course dinner with wine.
Chalet Treize Etoiles, 20 rue du Centre Sportif, 1936 Verbier (020-7401 1101; skiverbier.com).
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